DOUBLING IN BRASS: TOM WARNER and FRIENDS (August 5, 2011)

I’ve never met Tom Warner in person, but I feel as if I know him well.  He’s a diligent videographer who generously shares his work on YouTube as “tdub1941,” enabling us to travel and hear without leaving our computers.  But it’s only recently that Tom has picked up his trumpet and joined the band.  Although he stays in the ensemble here, I salute him: he’s living the dream, as the phrase goes . . . and capturing it on video, too.

What follows is an informal, unbuttoned delight — it could have taken place anywhere in time and space in the history of hot jazz, although it sounds like Chicago, circa 1933, to me.  I want to hear more of Miss Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke — that girl’s got soul! — and the young fellow on the saxophone looks much like my hero Andy Schumm, doesn’t he?

Tom recorded this at the Doo Dah Lounge in Davenport, Iowa, and the DOO DAH Players are Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke, vocal; Andy Schumm, saxophone; John Otto, clarinet; Frank Gualtieri, trombone; Tom Warner; trumpet; Jason Schreiber, banjo; Dave Bock, tuba.

I hope there’s more from this session!  Thanks to the players, the singer, and the videographer, for a few uplifting moments in jazz.

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8 responses to “DOUBLING IN BRASS: TOM WARNER and FRIENDS (August 5, 2011)

  1. Hi Michael,

    Thanks so much for your glowing remarks about the little jam session at the Doo Dah in Davenport. The entire evening was an electric experience that was initiated by Phil Pospychala (www.BixFest.com) who is the main instigator of the Bix Festival (annually in March) in Racine, Wisconsin. He is one “wild and crazy guy.” Lots of fun getting to know him.

    This was Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke’s is from Milano, Italy and this was her first visit in the USA. It was wonderful that she had the chance to meet many of her favorite musicians and other traditional jazz loving pals since she is very much into the music of the 20’s that include luminaries such as Bix Beiderbecke, Annette Hanshaw, Lee Morse, Bessie Smith and others.

    Her websites listed below ~
    http://www.myspace.com/vanessaethedragon
    http://www.youtube.com/vanessaethedragon
    http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.tagliabue.yorke

    Best regards,

    Tom Warner

  2. Hi Michael,

    Thanks so much for your glowing remarks about the little jam session at the Doo Dah in Davenport. The entire evening was an electric experience that was initiated by Phil Pospychala (www.BixFest.com) who is the main instigator of the Bix Festival (annually in March) in Racine, Wisconsin. He is one “wild and crazy guy.” Lots of fun getting to know him.

    Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke is from Milano, Italy, and this was her first visit to the USA. It was wonderful that she had the chance to meet many of her favorite musicians and other traditional jazz loving pals since she is very much into the music of the 20′s that include luminaries such as Bix Beiderbecke, Annette Hanshaw, Lee Morse, Bessie Smith and others.

    Her websites listed below ~
    http://www.myspace.com/vanessaethedragon
    http://www.YouTube.com/vanessaethedragon
    http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.tagliabue.yorke

    Best regards,

    Tom Warner
    PS (corrected)

  3. What a treat!! I have watched, and commented,on so many videos Tom Warner posted on You Tube, I feel like I know him. I didn’t know he played the trumpet. I did see him playing the washboard, I think he was playing with Sonny Leyland, and/or, Paul Asaro, and was great rhythm man..He usually left me a nice, sometimes comical, reply..I knew from the first reply that he was a terrific fella. Thank you for the post, NM….

  4. The Doo-Dah looks less scary on film. Phil strikes again…..

  5. No reason to fear: see, it’s a NO VIOLENCE ZONE. That should calm any anxieties in the crowd, except those hypersensitive types like myself who wonder why a sign like that would have to be on the wall in the first place. On a happier note, I hope to cross paths with you, Bridget, at Sweet and Hot — a place where violence only refers to a hot closing ensemble. Will you be there? Cheers, Michael

  6. Twas an edgy place for sure…..But there was safety in numbers so all was well.
    I’ve given up SoCal for good, so I’ll have to see you in Newcastle next. Go see the Nighthawks for me! Cain’t beat em.

  7. James Stevenson

    Tom is a great guy, known through his bringing good old fashioned, honest ta goodness jazz to our attention online. I first heard of Vanessa (who is brilliant) through Tom. Tom is also a great conversationalist on Facebook, and likes to share a joke, as well as sharing many serious discussions that I do not enter into, being not “up” on most topics myself ! Tom is also a philosopher (LOL) So, from here in rainy Glasgow in Scotland, UK, I say “hi” and “bye” =) James Stevenson

  8. Andy Schumm, Dave Bock, John Otto, Frank Gualtieri, Jason Schreiber, John Knurr & me (Tom Warner).

    “You’re Nobody’s Sweetheart Now” at the Doo Dah Tap in Davenport, Iowa

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